Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas by way of Chicago
Re: Greatest wrestler before Golden Age?
Bruno was a tremendous draw for the WWF in Madison Square Garden and in the Northeastern part of the Unites States which was a great feat but I certainly wouldn't put him up there with the greatest workers of his era, before his era, or after. I have not seen as much from them as I would like to but Lou Thesz was a greater worker than Bruno by a fair margin. Bruno was the perfect "New York" babyface champion for McMahon and he should be respected as such, but look at the legacy Thesz left on the industry in his runs as NWA World Heavyweight Champion representing the entire National Wrestling Alliance traveling the country and internationally defending the title. People talk about there once was a time when "the NWA and the World Heavyweight Championship was the most prestigious title in wrestling," Lou Thesz was huge factor in building that prestige.
If we want to continue to talk about influence on the pro wrestling industry in the United States, which this poll seems to be based around then let's talk about Gorgeous George. Let's talk about how he was THE professional wrestling attraction during the mainstream breakthrough of television. Gorgeous George, a man who was probably 30 years ahead of his time, largely focused on the details of his wrestling persona. The hair, the robes, the elaborate entrances (cited by many as the first wrestler to use entrance music), and all the antics he would perform during his matches. George was arguably the first wrestling superstar and reportedly was once the highest paid athlete in the world. I have read stories about thousands of people paying to see him get beat. He wasn't the most hated heel ever but people literally bought into his performances because he was so entertaining with his act.
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